Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Row X Row Experience begins June 21!

It's almost time!
Join us & 2499 other quilt shops in the US & Canada!
Come to each participating shop between June 21 & September 8 to receive a free pattern for a 9" X 36" row.
Put 8 or more rows together into a completed quilt to win a prize!
 Check each state's Facebook page to see the rows.

Here is our 2015 row kit-
It was just too hard to choose a tail - so we have 4 choices for you!

And of course, we have Quilty Mermaid Fabric Plates for you:

 This is my bag with our 2014 plate.

Remember, the only way to get your free Quilty Mermaid pattern or kit is to come to Calico Mermaid!
So, hop in the a/c car, hit the road & come see us!

Monday, June 8, 2015

School's Out Forever!

School's Out Forever-
for me, anyway!
You may not have heard the exciting news - despite the hooting, hollering, & celebrating ...
I've retired from teaching!
After 37 years of teaching elementary school, I'm finished.
I've been at my rural K-8 school for 34 years as a teacher & administrator, plus a year during my college days as an instructional aide. 
I've taught many kids & their kids, & some of MY former students are thinking of retirement, so it's time for me to start some serious relaxing.
Today is my first real day of summer - forever!
We're pretty excited about this new venture, but obviously I'm not fond of change, 
so we'll see how it goes. 
I've been on an August/June frenzied cycle every year since I was 5 - so this is a BIG change for me.
I'll have more time in the shop, so watch for more fun at Calico Mermaid.
We'll have more time to sew, travel & play with our grandbaby, so be prepared for vacation pics.
Come on in to visit & see what's new at the Mermaid. I'd love to see you!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Row By Row Experience 2015!

 We're so excited! The 2015 Row X Row Experience 
begins next month!
All 50 US states and Canada, too!
Over 2500 shops!
So here's how it works:
It's like a shop hop, but it's not... no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

This year's theme is Water.

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2015 rows from 8 different 2015 participating Row x Row shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). 
Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!  

It will be the biggest and best Row by Row Experience™ ever in 2015! All 50 states and several more Canadian provinces are planning fun for travelers throughout the summer. Although the quilt shops are organized by area, quilters have no borders. Travel, shop, collect patterns and add rows to your quilt from any anywhere!

Look at our Calico Mermaid license plate-
Exclusive Fabric Plates™ by Zebra Patterns will be available in shops around the country. Each one is unique! Collect a bunch to create fun projects, sewing studio wall art or even a fun backing for your quilt.
Last year we made a bag with our Happy Quilter License Plate.

Here's where you can go to see which shops are participating & plan your own road trips: 

You can go to each area's Facebook page to see the free row patterns & quilts already turned in:

It's going to be such fun!
I'll show you our row as soon as she's ready!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Marjan Kluepfel's Plantasy class

We had such fun with Marjan last Saturday!
She's amazing.
She shared her techniques & tips on design.

The class had some beautiful color choices.

 I hope we're able to have her come back again soon!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Happy Birthday to us!

Calico Mermaid is 4 years old!
Come join us Saturday, May 7 for some birthday fun!
Prizes, gifts, & cupcakes for everyone!

(And of course, in case you think it's all 
fun & games around here - some serious sales!)

Thank you to all our quilty friends for your support & friendship.
May 7
Open 10-6

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's Heart of the Valley Quilt Shop Hop time!

May 1 -2 - 3

Join us for 9 shops full of fun!

Grand Prize: $150 Gift Certificate from each of the 9 Shops*
Second Prize: $75 Gift Certificate from each of the 9 Shops*
Third Prize: $40 Gift Certificate from each of the 9 Shops

(You must visit and have your Passport stamped from all 10 shops to be eligible for prizes.)
**Gift Certificates expire December 31, 2015**

Shop Raffles: Enter at each shop you visit for a chance to win a 
prize worth $300

Here's our Calico Mermaid raffle prize!
Over $300 in Olfa & Omnigrid products

  Participating shops:
Cloth and Quilts
Bear Paw Quilts & More
Quilters' Paradise
Mennonite Quilt Center
Thimble Towne
Calico Mermaid
Totally Tina's Fabrics
 Bolts to Binding
Strawberry Patches

Monday, April 13, 2015

One down - One to Go

We just finished an AMAZING weekend at 
Best of the Valley Quilt Show in Lindsay.

This is a picture of the tireless volunteers from our San Joaquin Valley 
who make this terrific show possible.
They work very hard all year to pull it all together for the rest of us.
There were over 200 quilts, made by creative souls from age 8 to over 80.

Viewer's Choice, Quilts
"Fragrant Memories," by Margaret Taylor

Viewer's Choice, Dolls
"Ruby Begonia," by Valle Lee

Viewer's Choice, Challenge Quilts
"Mail Call," by DeAnn Farris

Viewer's Choice, Quilts by Quilters 80 and over
"Glorious Christmas Card," by Willadene Dodd

Viewer's Choice, Quilts by Quilters under 18
"Citrus Paisley," by Marin Bako

Carmen Friesen with her First Place Ribbon

Best Use of Color by Karen Erwin

First Place by 10 year old Payton, who shops at Calico Mermaid, by the way!
I'll add more photos as I can.
Or you can keep up with the news at

CeCe Westerfield was the featured artist. 
She showed an amazing variety of beautiful pieces.

 Here are some beautiful quilts by some of my quilty friends. 
 I did my best, but forgive my lousy photography skills.

BUT - no rest for the wicked...
and now we're ready to start preparing for the 
Heart of the Valley Shop Hop on May 1-3.